Laura A. Dickinson

Laura A. Dickinson

Title: Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law

Telephone: 202.994.0376

A.B., Harvard University; J.D., Yale University

Specialties/Areas of Expertise:
international and comparative law; human rights; national security; foreign affairs privatization; qualitative empirical approaches to international law; government contracts


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Brief Bio:

  • Professor Dickinson is the GW Oswald Symister Colcough Research Professor of Law. Prior to joining the GW Law faculty, she was the Foundation Professor of Law and the faculty director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU) and has previously also taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law and Princeton Univers
  • Professor Dickinson's latest works, "Outsourcing War and Peace" (Yale University Press), was published in 2011 and examines the increasing privatization of military, security, and foreign aid functions of government, considers the impact of this trend on core public values, and outlines mechanisms for protecting these values in an era of privatization.
  • She has served as a senior policy adviser to Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, and 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dorothy Nelson.